On an electric afternoon at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Norway's Jakob Ingebrigtsen made history by shattering the European mile record. Clocking an astonishing 3:43.73, he broke the 38-year-old record of 3:46.32 set by Steve Cram in 1985. His time stands as the third fastest mile ever run, coming tantalizingly close to Hicham El Guerrouj's world record of 3:43.13.
The race was a throwback to the iconic world record race of 1999, in which El Guerrouj narrowly defeated Noah Ngeny. In a similar fashion, Ingebrigtsen was relentlessly pursued by America's Yared Nuguse, who himself had an eye on breaking the American record. Both athletes pushed the limits of human speed, recalling some of the most memorable duels in middle-distance running history.
While Ingebrigtsen has sometimes shown cracks under last-minute pressure, the 22-year-old held strong. Fresh off defending his world 5000m title and securing a second consecutive silver medal in the 1500m in Budapest, he displayed remarkable resilience in the final stretch. He fended off Nuguse, whose own time of 3:43.97 demolished the previous American record of 3:46.91 held by Alan Webb.
This marks Ingebrigtsen's sixth European record of the outdoor season, adding to his earlier feats in the 1500m, 3000m, two miles, and 2000m. "It's like every other race. There's no difference between September and June," said the Norwegian star after the race. "Now it’s all about getting back home to the hotel, eat, sleep, try to prepare as good as I can and we’ll see tomorrow," he added, hinting at more fireworks in the 3000m.
And as for concluding his athletic year, Ingebrigtsen has other important milestones in sight. "Not quite. Hopefully getting married next weekend, so I think I have to prepare for that as well," he said with a smile.
In a season already loaded with exceptional performances, Ingebrigtsen has once again proven that he is one of the most exciting talents in track and field today. With his name now etched alongside the greats, the world waits in anticipation for his next feat—both on and off the track.
Men's 1 Mile
|1||INGEBRIGTSEN Jakob||NOR||3:43.73 Official AR DLR MR WL PB|
|2||NUGUSE Yared||USA||3:43.97 Official AR PB|
|3||MILLS George||GBR||3:47.65 Official PB|
|4||GARCÍA Mario||ESP||3:47.69 Official NR PB|
|5||CHERUIYOT Reynold Kipkorir||KEN||3:48.06 Official WU20R|
|6||HOCKER Cole||USA||3:48.08 Official PB|
|7||NORDÅS Narve Gilje||NOR||3:48.24 Official PB|
|8||HABZ Azeddine||FRA||3:48.64 Official NR PB|
|9||LAROS Niels||NED||3:48.93 Official NR SB|
|10||McSWEYN Stewart||AUS||3:49.32 Official SB|
|11||TANNER Samuel||NZL||3:49.51 Official PB|
|12||GILES Elliot||GBR||3:51.63 Official PB|
|13||KIPSANG Abel||KEN||3:53.50 Official SB|
400m - 55.9 sec.
800m - 1:51.8 min.
1200m - 2:46.3